Monday, June 30, 2008

Choc Cake Recipe

  • 6oz SR flour
  • 6oz cadbury's drinking chocolate and 0.5 t baking powder
  • 6oz soft butter
  • 6oz light brown muscovado sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • Optional 1-2 T chocolate chips(milk and dark choc)
  1. Cream butter and sugar together
  2. Add beaten eggs one at a time
  3. Add sieved dry ingredients
  4. Divide between 2 cake tins and bake at 180 deg. C for 20-25minutes
  5. Cool and ice.

  • 7oz good quality milk choc
  • 3oz good quality dark choc
  • 1 standard carton organic double cream( about284 ml)
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  1. Melt the chocolate pieces in a glass bowl placed over boiled water in a pan.
  2. Stir from time to time, and cool a little once melted
  3. Add cream and vanilla extract and beat together
  4. Use to sandwich cake and ice.

Cakes, cakes and more cakes!

I think I may have to change my blog title to something more cakey soon! I just can't resist posting cake pictures! A request has been made (via phone) for the strawberries and cream cake.

Basic sponge cake recipe

It is a basic sponge cake recipe. I usually use the all in one method and the important thing is too have all ingredients at room temperature and the butter does need to be very soft. All ingredients I use are organic where possible.
You need:

6oz soft unsalted soft butter
6oz caster sugar
3 large eggs
6oz self-raising flour(Or plain flour with 1t baking powder and 0.5 t bicarb)
1 t vanilla extract

Mix all together and transfer into two sandwich cake tins and bake on 180 deg.C for 20-25 minutes. Cool and use as you wish.

For the strawberries and cream cake I sandwiched together using homemade rhubarb and raspberry compote and butter icing. Top iced with double cream and vanilla dusting sugar and decorated with organic strawberries.

Strawberries and Cream Cake

Happy Birthday to a dear friend

She shared it generously with all her families! |Her sweet little niece said it is the best cake she has ever tasted. Ahhhh, Thank you.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Boiled Egg and Garlic fried Mushroom toastie

Add cheese if feeling the need for more filling!

Making Paneer aka Curd cheese

Curds and Whey

Bring full-fat milk to the boil and add 2-3 T of vinegar or lemon juice
Wash and strain
Use muslin and sieve for best results

I just sieved and added a weight to push down on curds.

Lemon and vanilla Cheesecake

Recipe coming soon.

Cake Stall

Our story

It all started with mixing.
Add dried fruit to make them healthier and ease your conscience

Prepare for the masses.

Henny Penny helps to keep the eggs at room temp for those impromptu midnight baking sessions!

Feeling bare?
Quick, cover us up before the kids see the fruit.

Ahhhh! That's better.

Can I eat just one?

Happy Birthday

Organic chocolate cake for him

But he prefered this:

Outcaked by Asda!

BTW that was not my six year old!

Cherry and coconut loaf cake

Coconut and Cherry Cake

This cake came about from a sleepless night. You know those times when you go to bed so wired and tired and all sorts of random thoughts come to your head. Well I could not get the glace cherries lurking in the back of my fridge out of my mind. Why have I not made cherry and coconut cake yet!?! This used to be a childhood favourite as my dad was quite partial to it. I was close to getting out of bed at 1.30am to make it but thankfully I waited until the morning. Afternoon to be precise. It was out of this world delicious and I had to blog the recipe in case It goes out of my head, until the next sleepless night.

5oz soft butter
1oz margarine (ran out of soft butter)
6 oz caster sugar
3 med-large eggs whisked with 1 t vanilla extract
2-3 T milk
8oz plain flour
1t baking powder
1/2 t bicarbonate of soda (half)
2-3 drops of almond essence (extract would be nice but horses for courses)
1oz of glace cherries mixed with 2oz of dessicated coconut
( I find the crazy jack organic coconut variety to be the tastiest and closest to freshly grated.)

  • cream together fats and sugar
  • add everything else and mix( Although I did add the cherries and coconut after first combining other ingredients.)
  • Place in two 1 lb loaf tins lined with greaseproof paper and bake in a preheated oven 180 degrees C for 40-45 minutes.
  • Cool and eat after 4 hours( tastes even better I found)

Very more-ish and hard to share, but you must!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Choco Cupcakes

It was a hot day today. I had warm eggs that needed using up(you know when you leave them out of the fridge in case you want to bake). So which cake? Well I decided to check on how much soft butter I had and then one thing led to another and this recipe was born. They are very more-ish and easy to make with minimal washing up!

In a bowl add:

  • 4oz very soft butter
  • 4oz caster sugar
  • 1oz ground almonds
  • 1oz cocoa powder(put through a small sieve)
  • 2oz self-raising flour(put through the same small sieve)
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1T white chocolate drops(mini buttons for cookies)
Mix everything together with a spoon and divide into 12 cupcake cases in a muffin pan.
Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at just under 180degrees.
Cool and eat warm with a strong cup of coffee or tea:)


Red Pepper Houmus


Sour Cream & Chive

Monday, June 2, 2008

Lentils and Rice

A quick healthy lunch:

Served with orange juice to help with the absorption of iron.



WARNING: If your cherubs try the sweet toffee option the answer to the above question will always be both!! Hmmmm gone are the days of a quick bowl of salty popcorn. Recipe to follow soon.